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Friday, 20 January 2017

Fungal Infection (Vaginal Itching): Causes and Natural Home Remedies You Can Use

Almost everyone (female) goes through one form of vaginal infection resulting in itching at one time or the other in the cause of their life time. Vaginal itching happens to be one of the most common problems confronting especially women globally today. Vaginal itching refers to an itching sensation people experience around their genitals; sometimes it spreads to parts of the pubic area and can be severely disturbing thereby causing much embarrassment to the sufferers.

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Causes and meaning of Yeast Infection
Yeast infection is the most common cause of genital itching among many other causes. But what is the relationship between yeast and the (female) genitalia? Yeast is a fungus that lives normally in small numbers in the vagina.

Vaginal yeast infection takes place when too many of such yeast cells grow in your private part and the abnormal growth of these yeasts is unhealthy for the vaginal environment. In as much as this infection is termed to be very common, and causing grave irritation and embarrassment, experts say they are usually not very serious health conditions and shouldn’t cause panic as their treatment is quite simple. Most yeast infections are caused by a type of yeast called Candida Albicans.

Another cause of vaginal itching is irritation the vagina experiences due to the introduction of harmful chemicals or pads used during menstruation. During monthly periods, many a lady pay little or no attention to their menstrual health and hygiene by not considering the need for optimum personal cleanliness like having good wash intermittently, frequent change of tampons and regular washing of underpants or garments.

Vaginal itching

Another reason experts have identified is the wearing of tight clothes as another causative factor regarding vaginal itching. Also worthy of mention is the lack of good personal hygiene practice and cleanliness after sexual activities.

When itching in the vagina becomes a persistent problem, sufferers are usually on the lookout for possible and lasting solutions other than mere temporary medications. Fortunately, home remedies, despite their economic nature and prevalence are as effective as the medications prescribed at hospitals, or even sold at the market place. Joe Johnson, a Health Practitioner and Herbalist of international renown and has been persistently helping people with natural remedies for over twenty years.

His desire to help, heal and be a part of people’s lives has meant that in recent times, he has literally taken off around the world, in a bid to seek out new herbs, new remedies, and health measures that will actually heal people. Remedies he was able to come up with have been awe striking to say the least. Below are some very effective and helpful home remedies that you can try on your own at home in order to get rid of this worrisome problem.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar, otherwise known as cider vinegar or ACV, is a type of vinegar made from cider or apple; it must and have a pale to medium amber color. Unpasteurised or organic ACV contains mother of vinegar, which has a cobweb-like appearance and can make the vinegar look slightly congealed, has excellent antibacterial and antifungal properties. It can help remove the itching completely if it is a fungal or bacterial action that is causing the infection.

For enjoying the benefit of apple cider vinegar, take two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and mix it with warm water. Wash your vagina with this water twice a day for two to three days. This should effectively take care of your problem. Apple cider vinegar makes the vagina acidic where the bacteria cannot thrive for long.

Garlic - a natural antibiotic, and antibacterial herb

Cold Compress
Vaginal itching can truly be very worrisome, especially at night time. This could interrupt your sleep and cause tiredness and lethargy along with the itching. For stopping that intense itch at night, apply ice cubes directly or a cold compress in the vagina. This could turn out to be a burdensome job.

But when you consider the severe itch, doing a cold compress is a much better job any day. At least you can sleep well after the itch is put to rest.

Use Salt Bath/wash                                                                                              
Salt can effectively remove itching and bacteria due to its antibacterial properties. Wash your vagina with concentrated salt water whenever you feel the itch. This will give you great relief instantly and prevent further multiplication of bacteria. Alternatively, you can fill half the tub with warm water and add half a cup of salt into it.  Sit inside the tub in a squatting position. While sitting, open your vaginal walls using your finger so that saline water goes inside and kills the bacterial action effectively.

Use Garlic
Garlic, despite its strong offensive smell has strong antibacterial properties that can relieve you of symptoms instantly; it is also believed that probably, the smell of garlic is the main feature that does the trick! Inserting a clove of garlic carefully into the vagina too helps in the relief of vaginal itches. Whatever the reason maybe, there is no harm in trying this awesome herb when you have intense itching that just won’t go away. Chewing 2-3 cloves of garlic at intervals equally helps in bringing relief to patients.

Apply plain organic Yoghourt
The use of pro-biotics to overwhelm the bad bacteria in the body is not a new remedy whatsoever. Pure yoghourt has active cultures that can remove the bad bacteria by adding good bacteria in abundance. For treating vaginal itch, drink a cup of pure unsweetened curd every day. Yeast infections can be immediately taken care of with yoghourt. Yoghourt made of goat’s or sheep’s milk is a better remedy for treating vaginal itch
Another way to use yoghourt is to apply it in the vaginal area directly which is a better way of dealing with vaginal itch. Direct application of yoghourt will immediately stop vaginal itch. Constant application will surely deal with the problem completely. Tampons can be used for best results. All you need do is soak a tampon in yoghourt and leave it in the vagina for a few hours; frozen yoghourt can also be inserted inside the vagina for instant relief.

Keep your Vagina Dry
Allowing the vaginal area to remain moist due to sweat and water and urine is one reason for the cultivation of bacteria and fungus, allowing it to create infections and embarrassing problems. Always ensure that you keep the vaginal area free from moisture to prevent infections. Maintain the culture of wiping your vagina from inside out (that is, from the vagina towards the anus) as bacteria from the anus can cause vaginal infections; you should also wear only clean and dry undergarments at all times and maintain absolute hygiene around the genitals.

Avoid indiscriminate Sex
If you engage in sexual intercourse, and say a yeast infection is causing the itch you suffer, it will only amount to deluding yourself. Ideally, total abstinence from sex till you have your own spouse will certainly do you a lot of good.

Consume Plenty of Clean Water
By drinking lots of water, yeast infection can be flushed out of your system quicker. Ensure you do not drink more than 2500ml of water in an hour, as that is the amount your body can only cope with at once.

Stay away from Sugar     
If the cause of your chronic itching, or reoccurring itching is due to a yeast infection (thrush), then avoiding sugar in your diet will be a step in the right direction to helping you reduce the levels of yeast present, as yeast, specifically Candida Albicans thrives on sugar. Some patients have to avoid fruit sugar also and adhere to a strict Anti-Candida diet for several months, but this is only in extreme cases.

Plain yoghourt contains probiotics

Put on Loose Clothing    
Wear cotton underwear or leave your private parts free of tight clothing whenever you can and allow cool air to keep your vagina dry. Most women will suffer from vaginal itching at some point in their lives. But as every woman who has had this knows, even the most acute cases can be enough to drive you crazy from having the constant urge to scratch.

Take Showers instead of baths
And according to Dr. John Fuller, a highly experienced American family physician, you should in addition – “Take showers instead of baths, and rinse your vagina with cool water.” You should also ensure to avoid scented soaps and perfumed powders in your vaginal area

Please be assured though, that having vaginal itching does not in any way mean you are dirty or practice poor hygiene (although for some, that might be the case), but as a matter of fact, over-washing the area can be one of the many causes behind vaginal itching. So, even if at the time you feel helpless about it, don’t fret as there are natural solutions out there for you, and you can take control of it and get through it. 

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